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& baby, don't you want to go ♪ ♪ ain't no place like chicago &&. >> we are getting is it started early with president obama showing off his skills at the white house. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm a wisdom martin. we'll get to all of our top
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stories in a minute. first, let's get a quick check of our weather. >> we are off to a relatively mild start. we've got clear skies and a decent day today and mild temperatures. wait until you see the afternoon highs. we've got very quiet conditions out there at the moment. it should be a mostly sunny start to your day as we continue to watch this warmer air move in from the south and south and west. temperature right now at reagan national as you are running out the door, 45 degrees. humidity, 71%. we'll have another breezy one today with winds gusting to about 25 this afternoon. yesterday our high temperature was 50. today, how about 60. so about 10 degrees better than yesterday. back to you guys at the besk. >> thank you. the jury in george huguely's murder trial will begin deliberation today. the former university of
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virginia la crosse player is accused of killing his ex- girlfriend, yeardley love, in her apartment in 2010. the defense admitted huguely played a role in the death but didn't intend to kill her. president obama will speak today at the ground breaking for the new museum of african- american culture. today's groundbreaking is not open to the public. the supreme court is going to revisit the issue of affirmative action in college admission. it will consider new limbits on racial challenges. the latest challenge is from a white student denied admission for the university of texas. f looks like the pain at the
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gas pumps could get a lot worse. some experts believe gas prices will hit $5 mark this spring or summer. tom fitzgerald explains why. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama says the higher prices threaten to fuel economic uncertainty. >> the rising cost of gas which is on a lot of people's minds right now -- >> reporter: l.i.e. fands the current national average at $3.57 -- aaa finds the current national average at $3.57. >> i think that the speculators are overblowing the situation. >> reporter: tyson slocumb says this may only be the start.
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>> the potential is there for gas price to get worse. >> reporter: the second factor driving the higher prices are more expensive warm weather tbreadz of gas this spring. >> we've seep the price of gasoline has gone up about 36 cents a gallon over the past few months. >> john felmy says the u.s. needs to increase the oil production. >> we have a vast amount of oil to produce here if we are allowed to do it. >> reporter: there is one thing that both the oil industry and its critics agree on, that gas price are going to get worse before they get better. tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >> the white house is considering releasing some of the supply in the extra teamic petroleum reserve. we still have plenty ahead. >> fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. good morning on this wednesday, february 22nd.
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it is 2012. hard to believe still sometimes. take a live look over the washington monument. not quite as chilly as it was yesterday at this time. we'll check in with tucker to see what kind of day we have in store. >> we've been saying this for days and days and days. it has been a model of cop stensy when it comes to this weather. not bad at all when you consider it is february. >> noticeably warmer than yesterday. today, we are in the upper 30s and 40s. >> it was 41. i said i can handle this. >> let's get this party started at 4:30 in the morning. at reagan national, we are at 45 degrees. i need some coffee before i'm ready to start partying. temperatures generally 10, 15 degrees warmer than they were yesterday at this hour. should be a great day.
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affect temperatures about 10- degree warmer than yesterday as well. sentinel sat-rad. i think most of the showers will hold out until night fall tonight. we'll have a few showers later today and tonight as we get this weak little upper level disturbance coming through. bottom line, decent day. 60degrees in washington. 62 in fredericksburg j go get some coffee. i've already had a cup. this is my party already started. >> i need to catch up. >> let's get a look at what is going on on the roads. >> you needed coffee to get this party started at 4:30? >> oh, no. >> check me out at 8:00 when i'm like under the desk asleep.
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lanes are open, no problems reported as you travel the beltway between college park and 270. southbound 270 good for go. no problems to report coming in out of germantown. we had an incident on the outbound sousa bridge coming from the freeway to head outbound towards 295. that activity is cleared. no problems reported on new york avenue from northeast to northwest. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. raffic. making head line this morning, president obama will speak at the groundbreaking for the new national museum of african-american history and culture. the museum will be built between the washington monument and the national museum of american history. it is expected to open by 2015. the museum along with the martin luther king memorial are supposed to be the last buildings and monuments to be constructed on the national mall. today's groundbreaking is not open to the public but we'll take you there live for a preview later this hour. affirmative action in college admissions could object
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its way out. the supreme court will consider new limits on racial preferences in college admissions. legal experts are looking at a 2003 decision that endorsed the controversial issue. in that case, nine years ago, university of michigan law school was allowed to use race as a factor in an ation. >> will allow universities to consider case race as long as by considering race, it make the university more diverse and makes the students' experience richer. >> the new case is brought but a white student who said the university of texas denied her admission because of her race. while it is about access to education, the court's ruling could have effects on government contracts. george huguely is accused of hilling his ex-girlfriend in her off-campus apartment in may of 2010. prosecutors showed the jury a
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damaged bedroom door, pictures of a bloody photo but the defense claims he didn't intend to kill her. a man is scheduled for a bond hearing today. fbi agents have been trailing him since january when a tipster told him the suspect agreed to what he called a war on muslims. an agent posing as and fbi agent gave him vest he thought was packed with explosives. he was arrested on friday. witnesses say the 29-year- old woman behind the wheel of the bmw that ran in the condition ken fried chicken was going close to 100 miles per hour moments before the crash. >> this was at family function. >> reporter: remembering her
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niece at the very spot she lost her life monday evening. 29-year-old hellena smith was behind the wheel of her bmw when she lost control. police say she hit the curb, went airborne and cartwheeled 100 yards before smashing into this red suv parked in front of a kfc. >> it was just unbelievable what in the world would have happened that somebody lose control like that. >> this vehicle was moving at an extreme rate of speed. >> reporter: investigators know speed was a factor and some witnesses believe she was traveling at least 100 miles per hour. court records show maryland state police ticketed smith january 22nd while driving on the beltway. fox 5 learned she received five citations which include exceeding 91 miles per hour in a 55 zone, driving on a suspended license and no current registration and tags. >> it is just shocking to me that she would even drive at that high speed.
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>> smith's ann dorothy watched the story unfold monday night not knowing her niece was even involved. >> i was watching fox 5 around 11:00 p.m. last night and i saw the fatal accident here at this location. it was just terrible. >> reporter: now, knowing she lost a loved one is already hard enough to accept but then she had to make a most difficult phone call. >> reporter: you spoke with her mother in raleigh, north carolina. what did she say? >> she was devastated. she just couldn't believe it. she asked me, are you sure? are you sure? >> i said i am positive. it was just a state of unbelief. >> that was will thomas reporting. police and the guardian angels are out in force in the district to warn people about a recent crime wave. armed thugs are targeting people with those smart phones and other personal electronics. just last night, there were six new robberies in a two-hour time period. there have been nearly 600 of these crimes so far this year. police chief cathy lanier is
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pushing for the cell phone industry to disable phones permanently when they are stolen. a fire at the wal-mart in germantown allegedly started by a 13-year-old kid as a diversion to shoplift. they were seen on surveillance video and then went next door to a target store. nobody was hurt and the wal- mart was closed for about two hours. maryland is a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. the bill made its way out of committee and is now headed to the pull state senate. the house of delegates approved it narrowly last week. opponents claim it does not protect religious freedoms. the senate president expects a final vote this week. meanwhile, virginia is poised to allow private adoption agencies to deny children to gay parents. governor bob mcdonald says he will sign the bill that gives a private agency the right to refuse any adoption that goes against the agency's religous or moral beliefs. the bill will take effect in july. it was a blues night at the
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white house and the president was feeling the rhythm. rhythm. enters. & come o baby, don't you wanna go &&. >> he joined in with some ever the greatest blues singer of all time. this during a con seniority at the white house last night. it featured an all-star line-up with mick jagger, b. b. king and trombone shorty. very cool. >> souped pretty good. >> he has some pipes on him. a day at the spa turns tragic. shots were fired and several people ended up getting killed. >> we are check more headlines on the other side of the break. time now is 4:38. stay with us. 
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. make plans now to join joel and victoria osteen in our nation's capital on saturday, april 28th, for america's night of hope 2012. god is going to take you places that you've never even dreamed of. it's so uplifting in every way,
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shape, or form. it's probably one of the most inspiring moments that i've had in a long time. he's a god of the future. he's not a god of the past. in philippians, it says "i can do all things through christ who strengthens me." we are so excited about america's night of hope right here in washington, d.c. at national's park. it's going to be a great evening of music and inspiration. we're looking forward to seeing you. it's going to be beautiful here in april. come spend the weekend with us. bring your friends. bring your family. you won't want to miss it. america's night of hope at national's park in washington, d.c., saturday, april 28th. visit for ticketing and more information. . .
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five people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a health spa in georgia. investigators say the shooter is dead. officers are trying to figure out the relationship between the shooter and the victims. protests against the u.s. are spreading in afghanistan this morning. they started outside the bagram air base outside the capital of kabul and police say more demonstrations are under way in another city. the u.s. apologized for burning of religous books including the koran and say they were mistakenly incinerated during trash disposal. guards shot into the air overnight to keep the crowds back. the u.s. embassy is in lockdown this morning. one week until primaries in arizona and michigan and rick santorum is giving romney a run for his money in romney's home state.
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he grew up in michigan and his father ways popular governor there. all four of the republican white house hopefuls are deet bag tonight in arizona. it is santorum's first test after surging in the polls. we told but gas heading to $4 a gallon. but how about $5 a gallon? it is just crazy. we'll get the latest on the pain at the pump. we've got warmer temperatures on the way. we'll be up near 06 this afternoon. i will have the details on your spring-like forecast and julie wright is in with a look at traffic in just a mine. ♪ okay, so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. that's yours. lower cholesterol. lower cholesterol. i'm yummy. lower cholesterol. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste? honey nut cheerios.
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welcome back. 4:45 on this wednesday. taking a look over washington, d.c. you can see it looks like wisconsin avenue northwest here. temperatures was in the 40s when i got up and out the door today, tucker. not too bad considering how cold it could be and has been. >> no, very pleasant. 45degrees. you saw the live shot. we can see for miles and miles. this forecast for a forecaster is an easy one. >> you've had an easy winter, haven't you? >> well, you know.
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>> you got to catch a break every now and then. >> you got to appreciate an easy winter now and then. >>' going to take off now. he is not coming back. >> vacation starts early. let's get right to the headlines and let you know that today and tomorrow, some 60s and maybe some 70s. >> nice! >> wow! >> above 70 even you think it could go. a few spots could be above 70. >> would one of those spots be my area around my house. >> this area is julie wright's area around the 60s and 70s. we could do 70 here in washington tomorrow. depends on the cloudiness. 45 in washington. 43 in gaithersburg. 45 for you in leonardtown. let's find a cool spot. manassas, you are 30. should be a nice, quick warm-
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up. the winds should push these temperatures back near the 60s. we'll have a mix of sun and then some clouds and there could be a late day shower. see down towards memphis, there are a few light showers. out towards chicago, a little piece of energy will come trolling through here late today and tonight. that can spark up a few showers. i think most of your daylight hours will not have rain. could be a late day shower. i think most of the day will be dry. winds south and west gusting to about 25. it should be very comfortable out there for you today and tonight although we have a few her showers tonight. mostly cloudy skies. few showers back in the forecast. 45 your overnight low. tomorrow, i went 68. to be honest with you, if we
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can get the sunshine in here, we'll be looking for 70. let's do traffic and julie wright's got your latest. >> 70 degrees tomorrow? >> i'm going 68 but we could do 70. >> i might just have to -- you know that tickle in my throat. >> it's been coming on. >> it has. on the roads, you will find lanes are open traveling southbound out of 270 coming in out of gaithersburg. nice and easy, that's how we like it. no problems to report on the beltway between college park and bethesda. lanes are open if you are traveling south on 95, 295 coming in out of laurel. 66 is at speed. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. ffic. as you head out the door for your commute, think of this. here is a look at what you are paying at the pump. gas prices are higher than they have ever been this time of year. according to aaa, the average
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price for i gallon of regular in the district is now $3.77. 3 it is only expected to go higher. >> the potential is dim there for gas prices to get worse. >> it is time for the political leadership of this country to step up and say this is unconscionable. >> more expensive warm weather grades will hit pumps this spring. the white house is considering releasing some of the supply in the strategic petroleum reserve. the dulles project is taking suggestions from the public to new station names. >> to help the public, fairfax is offering up some preferred names but they are getting some flak because people say those
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names are too dull. now, here they are in order. tyson's-mclean. tiess on one and two. tiess on central and tyson's spring hill road. >> reston wiehle avenue. reston town center. herndon reston west. herndon dulles east. and innovation, copper mine and route 28. how about just airport and i know i'm there. >> that is a great idea. a d.c. firefighter sent home and placed on administrative leave because he have wearing the wrong logo on his jacket. it's follow-up to an ongoing controversy over uniforms in the d.c. fire department. >> reporter: this is the jacket, the logo on the back is what caused the uproar. lieutenant robert alvarado wore it at the d.c. fire training school early tuesday. >> it was about 35 degrees outside. training school is out of public view. i was wearing a dcfd coat that i had in order to stay warm.
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>> reporter: alvarado says he has tried to get another jacket but says the department isn't issuing them instead telling firefighters to wear the coats they use when they are sent out on calls. he says his is filthy with drywall dust and soot from a recent fire. >> it's got toxins, carcinogens. it is designed to be worn into structure fires and not to be worn as a winter coat. >> they turned their backs on the chief touring his recent state of the department speech. lieutenant alvarado has been among the most outspoken about the situation. he believes in this case he is being singled out. he says it goes beyond just this to a bigger issue of a pattern of intimidation and threats from the top down. >> i want to be able to come to work and not have to be afraid of more than dying on the job,
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to have extra stress added onto an already stressful job by a hostile fire chief. >> fox 5 asked the dietz fire department to respond to this matter. chief ellerbe says this is a personnel matter. the department does not make public comments regarding personnel matters. how does this sound for breakfast for you, egg, bacon and hot pancakes slathered in syrup. >> that sounds good. but that syrup may cost you more money this coming spring thanks to something that is coming this winter. coming up next, time for a look at today's my fox half off deal. $39 can get you a one-hour massage at the sunrise center in virginia. that is a 51% discount. log onto and look for my fox half off on the right side of the home page. we'll be right back. ♪
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this mild winter could end up costing us at the table and we could pay more for syrup. >> reporter: it has been an unusually mild winter across much of the northeast and that is raising some concerns about maple syrup production. >> weather is everything for maple syrup. we need cold nights and warm days. if it's not cold enough like at nighttime, then the sap won't run during the daytime. this year has been unusual. >> reporter: during the day, frozen trees suck in sap. ben fisk has already started to collect and boil sap a month earlier than we had last year. >> we've had no snow.
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it's just been odd. we've had warm days in january. we made syrup the earliest we've ever made syrup which is february 2nd. there should be three or four feet of snow and it should be cold out and we shouldn't even be thinking about making syrup for another couple of weeks. >> reporter: weather is slightly less of a factor than it once was. >> we do have modern technology that we've been putting out in the woods. there are like vacuum pumps that help pull down sap from the trees. that helps out a lot. >> reporter: it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. last year, u.s. maple production hit an all-time high of nearly $2.8 million gallons. that was due to a combination of good weather and new technology. first we talk about high gas prices, now maple syrup. >> we'll have to start making
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my own. >> or go sugarless. >> up next, could the maryland terps pull out a big acc win? sports coming up next. stay with us. . make plans now to join joel and victoria osteen in our nation's capital on saturday, april 28th, for america's night of hope 2012. god is going to take you places that you've never even dreamed of. it's so uplifting in every way, shape, or form. it's probably one of the most inspiring moments that i've had in a long time. he's a god of the future. he's not a god of the past. in philippians, it says "i can do all things through christ
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who strengthens me." we are so excited about america's night of hope right here in washington, d.c. at national's park. it's going to be a great evening of music and inspiration. we're looking forward to seeing you. it's going to be beautiful here in april. come spend the weekend with us. bring your friends. bring your family. you won't want to miss it. america's night of hope at national's park in washington, d.c., saturday, april 28th. visit for ticketing and more information. . .
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in sports, a big win for the maryland terps. they beat the miami hurricanes at comcast center last night 75- 07. they trail by five points with just two minutes remaining. sean mosley nailed a three- pointer for a comeback. maryland finishes the game on a 10-0 run. seton hall's jordan theodore hay career high 29 points. hoyas are now 10-5 in big east play. virginia tech hosting virginia. the cavaliers trailed by as many as nine points in the first half. virginia leads by five here. the shot


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